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Fibromyalgia: Self-awareness Exercises Decrease Pain

A recent study has found that a self-awareness intervention significantly reduced levels of fibromyalgia-related pain.

The study by Hsu et al. (2010) studied 45 women who had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disorder whose symptoms include chronic full-body pain, excessive tenderness in at least 11 out of 18 “tender points”, headaches and fatigue. The study subjects were either placed into an “affective self-awareness” group or a wait-listed control group (no treatment). The treatment group and control group did not differ on demographics or medical history.

The treatment group received a one-time 90-minute consultation with a physician, and then completed weekly group sessions, two hours each, for three weeks total. The group sessions consisted of 8 to 12 participants, and the group was led by the physician.

The group session consisted of four components:
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By | 2016-11-20T07:53:44+00:00 December 19th, 2011|Categories: Depression/Anxiety, Medication|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Fibromyalgia: Self-awareness Exercises Decrease Pain

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Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.